Quick! What does SEMP Fitness stand for? If you said Spiritual, Emotional, Mental, and Physical Fitness, then you’re correct!
Last post, we talked about the concept we use here at Vanbar Fitness. This concept of SEMP Fitness, in bringing everything together and making sure all of our aspects of fitness are in balance. Our focus in this post will be on the first component: Spiritual Fitness.
Now, don’t get scared away when you see the word ‘Spiritual’. We’re referring to who you are as a person here. We’re referencing your inner self. Ever have a tough decision to make, such as whether to eat that piece of cake in the fridge or eat that salad instead? You may hear this still voice on the inside of you trying to pull you in a certain direction. You may desire that piece of cake, but that voice is telling you tell grab the salad.
That voice is inside all of us. It’s our conscious speaking to us that tries to get our attention, to do the right thing or make the right choices. Whether we choose to listen to that voice, is on us. That conscious though, that inner voice, is something that needs to be feed, and renewed on a regular basis. We’re talking about a daily basis here, if not multiple times a day. How do we feed our inner self, our soul?
One way to do so is to spend your time in a state of prayer, reflection, or meditation. It doesn’t matter what your beliefs are, but take some time to connect with your soul and ensure that your mind and body are one. They should operate as a cohesive unit. In order for that to happen you need to take time each day just to be still.
Another way to connect with your inner self and help with being still is just breathing. Very simple. This is especially helpful in the morning when you have thousands upon thousands of thoughts rushing in your head of all the things that you need to get done for the day. Set the tone right for the day by just taking a few minutes to focus on your nice slow inhales, and exhales. If you haven’t tried yoga, it is very beneficial in helping with your breathing techniques.
While there isn’t a set order of which one comes first in the SEMP Fitness model, Spiritual Fitness cares a bit more weight. After all, if you aren’t in control of your inner self, how are able to strengthen any other aspect of you?
So if you don’t do anything right now for your Spiritual Fitness, start today by just taking a few minutes out to pray, mediate, reflect, breath, or be still. Either of these is a great start in helping to connect with your inner self, with your soul. Once you have one of those methods down, add in a second. If you already do one, great! You’re on the right path. Keep it up and take it to the next level by adding in at least one of the other methods and you’ll see yourself develop to newer heights!
When we think about fitness, we instantly think about physical fitness. This is everything that has to do with our external bodies. We take care of our physical fitness by making sure that we exercise. But what if I told you that there is so much more to fitness than just the physical? That’s right, there’s more!
Your fitness framework is broken into four different components:
Hence the acronym, “SEMP”. These are the four aspects that make up your overall level of fitness. It is my goal that you are balanced in all areas of fitness. You want to work on all four of these components to have a balanced and more effective level of fitness.
Over the course of the next few weeks we’ll look at the four components of your SEMP Fitness and then tie it all together.
Think of it like your car. Your car has four wheels, at least hopefully it does. In order for your car to run smoothly, all four wheels have to be balanced. From time to time when you take your car for servicing, your tires get rotated to make sure that your car is balance and rides well.
In the same way your four SEMP Fitness components have to be worked and developed so that you are at your peak performance and that you perform at your best.
So first I just want you to get this concept in your mind, as we’ll be working with this concept and guiding your fitness to a whole new level. You’ll see and feel changes you never thought were possible. You’ll feel and look like a completely transformed person.
Let’s raise the bar as we reach places you never imagined.
I was chatting with one of buddies who I hadn’t seen in sometime and we grabbed lunch and began to catch up with each others lives. They commended me for staying in good shape, but said I had it easy because I worked in fitness. While that may be true, I mentioned to him that I don’t think that should be an excuse why he can’t work out. He may not have the time to work out as much as I do, but there is still time. I informed him that if working out was one of his priorities, that he’d make the time for it. We make time for the things that are most important to us.
We spent the next good portion of our lunch on the subject of working out. My friend went on to say when they do work out they don’t know what to do. They try to get a couple sessions in at the gym after work a couple times a week, but they have no clue what to do and are frustrated by the lack of results. They thought about hiring one of the trainers at the gym, but the cost was way out of their budget.
That conversation we had is the basis, the foundation of what the entire goal of Vanbar Fitness is. While someone may want a trainer, a gym membership and the cost of a trainer per month may not fit their budget. Though someone may want to work out on their own, they have not a clue where to start.
I am here to solve your needs. With Vanbar, you workout at your own pace that fits your schedule and is in line with your budget. One shouldn’t have to be rich just to afford proper fitness advice. Your workout programs are designed for you, with videos to match. At no point during the process are you left alone. It’s as if you have a trainer with you wherever you go….actually you do have a personal trainer with you wherever you go.
It’s not enough for me to just give you your workouts. I’m not just going to send you on your way. I’m with you every step of the way during your journey. Motivation is key when it comes to working out. It’s how you keep going. I keep in the forefront of your mind why you started this road in the first place. I make sure you never lose sight of it and keep going. Nothing less.
So how do you fitness? If you aren’t seeing the results you know you should be getting, it’s time to detour down a different route. Come down the road where Vanbar takes over while you take a seat in the passenger’s side. Together we’ll raise the bar and not only reach your fitness goals, but shatter them and help you make new ones. So, what are you waiting for?!
Let’s get to it.
Success. Many ways of getting there. Numerous ways to measure it. Everybody wants success. Few actually want to be successful. So what exactly is success?
Well that depends on who you are. For some, success may mean a nice house and car. For others it may be working in their passion. Success may be more of a personal goal such as starting a family. The thing about success is that it’ll look different for everybody and there are different paths to arrive at it.
Success is also never ending. When you reach one portion of your goal, you set a new one. It should continually assist in your growth and development of who you are.
We spoke a few weeks ago of setting goals and having a plan of action. Your success will depend on your plan. You have to plan for your success. And that doesn’t mean seeing it in your mind and then hoping for the best. Although envisioning your success is the first step, you have to next bring it to reality. That means you have to write it down. Put it somewhere you’ll see it. Keep it in the fore-front.
And lastly in order to see your success through, you have to be fit for success. Take care of your body. We’ve talked about taking care of yourself before, and it’s crucial here. Get proper rest, eat right, exercise, keep your mind sharp.
This will keep you on the right track to reaching your success.
So, what is your success?
Remember when you were a kid, and you received that new toy. It may have been a car or a doll. Whatever it was, you had to have it. You’d beg your parents over and over again for it. When that new toy got into your hands everything else become obsolete. Your other toys would now begin to occupy a corner by themselves in the room. Collecting dust.
Then all of a sudden, a new toy or doll is released. This is the one you just have to have now. It’s the newest and latest trend. Everybody is getting it and you have to get your hands on it too. So what do you do? Beg your parents over and over again for that shiny new toy.
And you may get your wish. You get this new toy and now that other new toy you had to have becomes that old toy that joins its friends in the corner of the room.
Sometimes when it comes to working out, we just have to be a part of the newest and latest workout trend. We have to be included in it as to not be left out. Or we have to change the workout program that’s been working for us because we want something different or want that new “toy”.
When it comes to working out, sometimes doing the same thing over and over again is best for you. Now, before you start groaning, here’s what I mean.
It’s called periodization. It’s a planned approach to training that involves progression of a training program during a specific time period. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to be doing the same program, the same few exercises for the rest of your life. However, for whatever your goals are, you need to set a series of exercises that you do over a period of time that challenge your body.
You’ll perform these sets of exercises over a designated timeframe to see your progress. You should be able to add weight to the exercises every week, slow down the tempo, or add a set. There should be some sort of improvement every week. That’ll measure your success. That’ll make sure you’re on the right track.
How else are you going to measure your progress?
And when that program is complete, you’ll move on to that new shiny program you want for the next phase of your workout goals. But don’t be so quick to rush into those new shiny workouts. Make sure you’re doing your body a favor by allowing it the chance to progress over time with the same program. Don’t jump from program to program unless you have a plan in place that’ll aid you in reaching your goals. The new toy can wait.
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